In to week 3 and don’t ever complain that I never give you a winner. In week 1 Enable read the script and last Saturday Bags Groove turned up at Wincanton, jumped like an old pro and bolted up. He and Noel Fehily were poetry in motion, just watch this space! Paul Nicholls stole the show with 5 winners, including backing up last years Badger Ales Chase win with Present Man. A brilliant piece of training and providing the owners, who are also the sponsors of the race, with another fantastic day.
The last race of the day saw the Taunton Racecourse Owners Club horse, At Its Own Expense, turn up. He ran a great race for the numerous members that were there and challenged the eventual winner on the home turn, before getting caught for second at the post. At 20/1 overnight he was a great each-way price and the members were delighted along with their Racing Manager, I wonder who he could be!
The horse to follow this week is Thomas Patrick. He has been on the H on H radar for a while now and he ran very well at Sandown last weekend finishing second, beaten only by 1/2 a length. He is in in the Ladbroke Chase at Newbury, looks to have the perfect profile and it wouldn’t surprise me if they also thought about the Welsh National.
For Friday and the weekend all roads lead to Cheltenham. Where do we start? Well I would suggest if you can’t get there in person, crank up the TV, grab a few beers and ‘deliveroo’ the food. This is the modern day version of ‘meals on wheels’ , a very fit individual picks up your selected takeaway, loads it in a thermal bag on their back and pedals like a possessed Chris Hoy in order to get it to you piping not. The website tells me I could earn £10 an hour and keep fit, what a great idea! This could be a real back up plan, if The H on H horses don’t follow the appropriate script, although if you were in receipt of one of my deliveries you may want to add an hour onto the delivery time and put on the oven to re-heat it. In the meantime just sit back an enjoy the action and hope I don’t knock on your door !
Stop Press…Kalondra…Saturday…2.25 Cheltenham..support each way 8/1